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V.'itb Keith's Providence comi>:iny.
ployes of the Department of Parks are levelling
It. subdividing it for cultivation. The lumber
for fencing the tract is already on the ground
and is assiduously guarded by a policeman,
who says it would disappear in five minutes if
left alone. The children of the neighborhood
have been Industriously manipulating the
ground ever since it was dumped, but one of the
park laborers says they have only managed to
make it necessary to do from two tO six times
some of the work he was sent there to perform.
Mrs. I'arsons intends to allot a part of the
ground lo each l»oy <jr girl selected for the ex
periment, and to let the child cultivate it.s allot
ment alone under supervision by men from
the !>oard of education. The Park Department
has erected near the entrance to the "farm" a
tent to shelter the women and the little farmers.
Beans, lettuce, peas, radishes, beets and other
vegetables of quick growth will be cultivated.
The children to whom allotments of ground are
made will wear the button of the National Plant,
Flower and Fruit Guild, and a part of the boy*
of the neighborhood will be organized as a
special i>olice force to protect the garden.
The policeman on duty says he wishes Mrs.
Parsons well in her experiment, but he is will
ing to bet $10 that nothing planted in the garden
will ever grow to the height of one inch. "About
the only thing that will ever come up will be
the fence posts," said he, with a dubious shake
of the head. "They'll never get warm in the
ground, or I don't know this neighborhood.
This part of the city ain't good for raising noth
ing but kid?, and Mrs. Parsons is going to find
It out before her garden's more than a week
•Id!" The policeman's interesting impressions of
the community were cut short by a call to duty.
Two boys and a woman were making off from
a Pile of lumber Just unloaded from a park
wagon with a fence post under each arm. The
officer yelled and gave chase. The posts were
topped, and the reporter's last sight of the
guardian of the peace was as he laid the last
at the nix heavy pieces on the original pile
fHE KAUFMANN TROUPE BICYCLE TEAM,
At Keith's thia week.
NEW-YORK TKIBUNE ELLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
SOME END OF THE MONTH THEATRICAL PERFORMERS.
and sat down on it to mop the perspiration from
Cleveland has two organizations which are
spreading the interest in house gardening with
great rapidity. One body, composed of public
spirited men and wom^n. Is called th-- Home
Gardening Association, an<l gives cash prizes
for the best specimens of house gardening. This
year it has created a "block beautiful" in the
centre of the city. It also has a farm, where
the poor but ambitious youth of the city are
employed and Instructed as gardeners. The
product of the fartn is distributed in various
DRINA DB WOLFE
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ways to the poor of the city. This asw
is a din-ct outgrowth of the Goodrich Social
Bettli tnent work.
The Horn.- Gardening <"lub is largely com
posed of school children. The membership fee
is H> cents, which entitles the member to t<-n
packs of flower seed. This year no less than
I:;m.im> packages of seeds were distributed to
school children alone, the aggregate weight ex
ceeding TilH.\ pounds. Prizes, usually bulbs for
winter growth, arc given for the best developed
growths in window boxes and gardens, and
competitors' plants are photographed at the
height of the season. The schoolrooms of Cleve
land are noted for the abundance and beauty of
their flowers, and in the autumn exhibitions of
the products of the members of the club are
given in the schools.
NOTES OF THE STAGE.
Isalnlle Irving, who will play part of the com
ing season with James K. Hackett in "The
Crisis" and part of the time in a new play just
procured for her \>y Mr. Hackett in France,
spends her summers, or a large part of them, in
Itahway, N. J.. in a modest little old fash
loned house. She lives with her Sisters,
and it pleases them to keep no servants,
Miss Irving doing the marketing and much <'i
the cooking. The bouse is plain, almost Spar
tan, I'm a '-v'o.i place to study in. Miss Irving
will return there mon from Kantucket, to begin
t!ie work "ii her new parts.
Miss Madeline Desley. a member of tbe E. P
AJbee Stock Company at Keith's Theatre, Provl
■l in ■••, it. 1., comes from a well known family In
Providence; she is Just completing the lirst year
■if lier professional experience. Last fall Miss
Bestey was ..r Miss Viola Allen's "In the Palace
of the kjiik" company, and later was a member
of the original lieaux and Belles Octette." Bne
is (--amiriK a legitimate reputation for beauty,
at any rate, if she has lot >et play.,] Juliet
to the Romeo of a Kyrle Bellew.
Th< Kaufmann troupe, bicyclists who are at
Keith's [Tnloa Square the coming week, al
though l<ill'-d aa an European team, are all
Americans, '-oiiiing originally from Buffalo.
Ti;< ir lirst appearance was, however, in Berlin,
and for several years their engagements were
limit, d to the various European vaudeville
Miss I'aula Edwardes has done at least her
share to make 'The Defender" at the Herald
Square a success. She has had a good many
parts in her time, good and bad, but at I'-a-st
she has always gone at them with vim. She is
a ko id worker, as part of the success of "The
Defender" can testify.
Miss Drtea De Wolfe is a member of the
Proctor Stock Company, Which is busy putting
n a new-old show every week. The Proctor
th-atres have a regular clientage, among whom
Mins l>e Wolfe is popular.
FUEL FROM THE AIR. -. '\
From The Philadelphia Telegraph.
A Cleveland scientist claims to have discov
ered a process whereby he can extract a chemi
cal gas from ordinary air which will be both
cheap and useful as a fuel.
MIGRATION'S OK THE NUT.
HOW SOME VARIETIES HAVE BEEN
TRANSPLANTED IN VARIOUS PARTS
OP THE WORLD.
"Yes, thank you," .s.ii'l tbe professor of botany,
as the mistress of the bouse at which be was vis
iting passed him the nuts. ' i am very fond of
nuts." be added, as be pushed the finger bowl
awaj and began depredations with a pair of nut
crackers ><\\ some peculiarly stubborn variety,
which .a tir.st baffled his most vigorous at
I suppose you know every nut by name and
all about their ancestry ami birthplace,'
the younger daughter of th< household, who
had just ret . ■ the suramei va< it >n fr >m
■'I would like to kr. »w a ur.-.u deal mor.
them," was 1 1 i • ■ noncommital reply! "I have al
« .ys had the gi
the t i iii'- that as a boy 1 went out "ii nutting
i irtl< s. The children of U
nutting, aa their fath( .j .1.
"Nuts ha\-- becomi .1 m si important .
of commerce t !!.-■ present time, and I read
only >■• -•• rday thai
the kind I l> ■■ ■ ...1 ted
from the South . port "f I'ar.i
rkable t ; . •>.
whicb attains the :•. Ight of 1
buttressed in ;: part f 1 1* ■
In "The Defender," Herald Square.
fording a sort of tentlike room for a small fam
ily. The nuts grow in large capsules, which
when they fall to the ground are split open i>y
the natives, and thus the nuts are gathered,
"One can t>uy at almost any grocery now
more than a dozen kinds of nuts, each of which
represents for the most part a different pan
of the earth. Here In this dish, for Instance, are
walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, butternuts, filberts,
cobnuts, chestnuts and our own American pea
'The walnut is a strange sort of vagrant, and
so it has earned its name, which in the Ger
man means foreign nut. It lias changed Its
habitat until it has gone all around th>- world.
Jt is a close relative of the butternut, and was
first found almost as far Dortta as the Arctic
Circle. .\ t a later date it appeared in France
MISS MABEL IBVIXG'S LITTLE COINTIiY UOMK, AT KAIIWAT, N. J.
. • , s
the < '.Hi' asus. Ili
I don't k 1' where I havi 1
f- dsor, aft. r he h.! .
the bottom of the dish. "I I
: . that the Brsl are I >ng< r, w it h t
■ 1 ompletely covering the nut, . I I
ibnuts in- rounder, with |«ss \
Engl i.-i'l la the home >i telnut
!i haz< inuts, by t he a ■<:■ , an fat
to our Am. 1 :. an . u•• ti- s. in the old
the cultivation of hazelnuts has ••
on with such success thai the nut baa b ■
a dainty, and Is ranked as such."
"But yog said something about even
American peanut,'" said the Vassar stud
and you said n as if the peanut belonged v 1
lower 'ia>s You didn't mean to make fun
the poor peanut, did you?"
"Well, not make fun of it, exactly." ri \- ■''■
the professor, "hut we all know, nevertheleax,
that the 1 r peanut is made fun of, abused
and regarded aa a poor man's nut t>y a greal
many people. 1 suppose the reason is that it la
such an easy nut to eat that it has b
•omm «n. and hence regarded as vulgar bj those
people who are always tr>iny to avoid
what the majority, or. as tin y term it. the
masses, do. Peanuts can !>e carried anywhere,
and by some are eaten about everywhere.
Hence the contempt for tin- peanut has bei
caused, not by the peanut itself, but bj tfa a
who persist in the abuse of eating it indis
• i:ut the peanut Is not truly a nut.'" ial r
rupted the iil collegian, as she looked at her
mother to .se.- what effect the question would
• Very true," answered the botanist "Stri' tly
Bpeaking, it Is a pod, much th'- same as peas «
beans. And the reason that 1 said that It Is
American Is because it was first found growing
In Central America. !t was then transplanted
to Brazil and Peru. It next found its waj lo
china, and was carried by the ChUiese to .
Ceylon and the Malay Archipelago. Thi
Portuguese adventurers carried it in tb< h
.-hips 1,, Africa. In later days it has ln\ |
Australia, as well."
"Whicb is another evidence of the 'An*
invasion,'" .said the father of the hou
who played mumbledepeg with the profess >i
forty years before.